Why should Christians care about the Temple in Jerusalem? Maybe because the Bible says it is in our future. Consider this:
Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.” (Revelation 11:1-2 NKJV)
Or maybe this:
Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a man stood beside me. And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their harlotry or with the carcasses of their kings on their high places. When they set their threshold by My threshold, and their doorpost by My doorpost, with a wall between them and Me, they defiled My holy name by the abominations which they committed; therefore I have consumed them in My anger. Now let them put their harlotry and the carcasses of their kings far away from Me, and I will dwell in their midst forever. (Ezekiel 43:6-9 NKJV)
Or perhaps this:
Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side. And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” (Ezekiel 47:1-12 NKJV)
We will see a new Temple in Jerusalem. It is the place of God’s throne. Messiah will rule from there, giving the Torah to all nations, healing all wounds, and judging in righteousness. But before that there must be a desecration of the Temple, for evil must arise and exalt itself so that Holy God may cut it off forever. Is this not what Messiah Himself told us? The Abomination of Desolation is that desecration, when the man of sin, commonly called Antichrist, or Antimessiah, exalts himself as a god and puts an end to the daily sacrifices. Such is the testimony of Daniel (Daniel 11:31, 12:11), Yeshua (Matthew 24:15-22; Mark 13:14-20), and Paul (II Thessalonians 2:1-4).
Do we care about seeing our Messiah? Do we care about being in His Presence and taking our part in healing the nations? Do we care that His Temple is the center of all this? And do we care that, before any of it can begin, the Temple must be rebuilt? But even more than that, do we care that our brethren of Judah have custody over the Temple Mount even now, and yet are prevented from rebuilding this most holy of places?
This is not just a Jewish thing. It is a God thing. All the people of God should care about it. That is why this personal memoir, published last week by the Times of Israel, is something all of God’s people should read.
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